Australia skipper Michael Clarke has been fined 20 % of his match payment for breaking the ICC Code of Conduct during the initial Ashes Test against England in Brisbane. Clarke was found to have violated Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”.
The situation happened when Michael Clarke made bad gestures and directed an obscenity towards England`s James Anderson, which was found by the stump microphone. The charge was brought by umpire Kumar Dharmasena and 3rd umpire Marais Erasmus. On Monday morning, Michael Clarke accepted the offense and agreed to the sanction proposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees.
All Level 1 breaches for this offense carry a charge of a warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine up to 50 % of the applicable match fee, an ICC report stated.